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Chui’s facial-recognition access control ‘hard to fool’

Aimed first at residences, new company wants to expand to commercial sector

DALLAS—Common Desk, a co-working space for freelancers, start-up companies, artists and others, has been testing a facial-recognition solution as a smart access control system to identify and track how and when members are using the facility.

Setting up security at 9/11 Memorial Museum, Plaza and Pavilion

Many stakeholders involved in lengthy process

NEW YORK—Cameras, access control, intrusion detectors, magnetometers, radio communication: There’s much involved in designing a new facility’s complete security system. When you’re designing that system for the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Plaza and Pavilion, it’s even more complicated.

District leverages school security system

Rural area uses cameras for student discipline, too

NORTH BEND, Neb.—The North Bend Central Public School District secures its schools from intruders and protects against violence with Genetec’s Security Center. In doing so, it has witnessed fewer incidents of vandalism and student shenanigans, too.

University goes for online access control


BOSTON—Northeastern University is replacing key-based locks with online access control on 8,000 doors in its 36 residence halls and other facilities.

Sweet 16 riot leads to more interest in new security system at University of Kentucky

Dallmann Systems, ‘has satisfaction of our installation at work’ when students set fire to a car after NCAA national championship

LEXINGTON, Ky.—A security system installed by Dallmann Systems led to the arrest of three students who set fire to a car during a riot that ensued after the University of Kentucky beat Louisville in the April 1 NCAA Sweet 16 game.

New Iverify CEO sees bigger opportunities with end users

‘We intend to compete in all segments,’ Sean Forrest says

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—In addition to adding new customers, Sean Forrest, the newly named CEO of Iverify, sees an immediate opportunity to offer more services to end users already using its systems.

Q&A with Axis co-founder Martin Gren

Axis developing own access conrol product

Security Systems News Editor Martha Entwistle recently returned from the Milestone conference where partners, including Axis, extolled the virtues of the VMS.

Hospital mixes security, freedom with electronic systems

Access control gives mental-health patients autonomy

HAMILTON, Ontario—Personal access control and a new layout have made a positive change in the feel of a hospital stay at the St.

Genetec's got a lot going on

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

MONTREAL—The Genetec 2014 Press Summit, the first ever, is a wrap after a day-and-a-half of presentations about the company co-founded by President Pierre Racz in a basement more than 15 years ago.

Racz kicked off the summit with an overview of the company, a global provider of unified IP security solutions, including video surveillance, access control and license plate recognition. Those solutions are aimed at the retail, transportation, education and gaming sectors. The cloud factors in big, as does federation, unification and hybridization.

Genetec is also making a push to be more in touch with end users so customers can help design products and help Genetec customize solutions for them. [More to come on that.]

Racz spoke of one end-user, a courthouse, that wanted a separate judges-only elevator for security reasons. Rather than put in a new elevator strictly for judges at high cost, Genetec installed an access control system that would allow a credentialed judge to enter and then shut down all floor buttons so that he or she could be alone in the elevator, without disruption, until reaching the destination floor.

Executive VP Alain Cote discussed the company’s driving focus in key areas: Continuing to expand and innovate video capabilities; increasing investment to grow Genetec’s share in the access control market; leveraging the cloud to develop new products and capabilities; and extending enterprise marketing offerings.

From there on out we heard from Genetec project managers and others about specific products, along with live demonstrations of its Security Center and its AutoVu License Plate Reader.

Interesting facts: Genetec has deployed more than 100,000 cameras in education settings. Its largest deployment of cameras in a single airport overseas? 12,000. At a U.S. airport, 2,000. 

All press participants at the summit, from the U.S., Canada and Europe, were provided personal access-control badges, which we had to use to get in and out of doors separating different departments within the, of course, highly secure headquarters building.

The company does practice what it preaches. Even at lunch.

In the company’s “Genetec Bistro,” an on-site eatery with surprisingly good, low-priced food (entrees about $2 Canadian each), we selected our choices and then paid our tabs by swiping our access cards and reporting via touchscreen what we’d put on our trays, just as the employees do every day. The money spent on food is deducted from the employees’ paychecks. No one has ever cheated, Genetec reps said. In fact, employees will sometimes report: Oh, I took a dessert today and forgot to swipe my card, so please charge my account.

An informative summit and a nice group of people, both Genetec folks and colleagues in security pubs, made for a worthwhile visit to Montreal, a delightful city, even in snowy and very frigid February. 

Stay tuned for more news from the summit on the Security Director News website.



‘20 under 40’ winner: Standardizing at facilities around globe

Patrick Wood, 36, enterprise manager, security integrations, John Deere & Co.

MOLINE, Ill.— Patrick Wood is a big picture kind of guy, a necessity in his role at Deere & Co. where he is responsible for the company’s security worldwide.